Instructional Designer


Columbia Basin College ('CBC' or the 'College') seeks an Instructional Designer who will collaborate with faculty in the design of high-quality courses aligned with college standards. This position will promote effective adoption of academic technologies to enhance student learning, identify training needs, create and deliver training for faculty and contribute to the culture of innovation, teaching excellence and collaboration across campus. The Instructional Designer will design multimedia enriched online and hybrid courses using Universal Design for Learning principles, accessibility standards and mobile learning. This position will report to the Director for Teaching & Learning Center for Excellence.

This position is open until filled. Priority consideration will be given to applicants whose complete application has been received by June 10, 2021 at 11:59 PM PDT.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Collaborate with subject matter experts and identify target audience's training needs;
  • Create engaging learning activities and compelling course content that enhances retention, completion and transfer of CBC students;
  • Conduct instructional research and analysis on learners and contexts;
  • Apply tested instructional design theories, educational practices and instructional methods that complement student success;
  • Provide exercises and activities to faculty that enhance the learning process for students;
  • Maintain project documentation and course folders;
  • Provide resources and guidance as it relates to instructional end goals and assessment of those goals;
  • Work collaboratively with faculty, administration and instructional services to support strategic professional development resources, curriculum development and content creation;
  • Assist the Library, eLearning and Disability Support Services staff to ensure compliance of course materials and Learning Management System support;
  • Assist in the discovery, administration and delivery of educational technologies;
  • Apply project management skills to ensure timely course development and delivery;
  • Incorporate adult learning theory and best practices in instructional design, strategies and assessment into course development;
  • Assist in the review of courses, activities and assessments to ensure alignment with learning outcomes;
  • Research teaching and learning technology and best practices at the intersection of higher education and instructional design;
  • Maintain expertise in relevant emerging technologies; and
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree in instructional design, educational technology, education, curriculum development or related field from an institutionally accredited college or university;
  • Demonstrated understanding of learning theory, instructional design standards, higher education/training and various delivery models; and
  • Experience using Learning Management Systems/learning platforms and e-learning tools.
Preferred Qualifications:
  • Master's degree in instructional design, educational technology, education, curriculum development or related field from an institutionally accredited college or university;
  • Experience as an instructional designer with hands-on learning and lab situations.

Accuracy : Monitor accuracy of own work; recognize and corrects errors; maintain accurate records; accomplish tasks thoroughly through concern for all the areas involved, no matter how small;

Analytical Skills : Synthesize complex or diverse information; collect and research data; identify data relationships and dependencies; design workflows and procedures;

Resourceful & Entrepreneurial : Consistently focus on end results and find most effective way to achieve goals and objectives; act on opportunities; take calculated risks; generate non-routine, non-traditional actions to overcome obstacles and achieve results;

Attitude Toward Progress and Change : Cooperate and support change and new processes; acceptance and quality performance throughout change;

Willingness to Learn : Open to learning new methods, obtaining certifications, attending training; participate in cross-training opportunities when assigned; suggest and/or research new methods; proactively look for training opportunities that would better the position and/or department;

Oral & Written Communication : Speak clearly and persuasively in positive and negative situations; listen and get clarification; respond well to questions; demonstrate group presentation skills; participate in meetings; structure and convey information clearly and effectively through both formal and informal documents; review and edit written work constructively; ability to tailor to audience in mind;

Student Centered : Attention, interest, activities and efforts are centered upon the best interest of students; create and support an environment that enables learners to achieve their personal, academic, and professional goals; provide courteous and helpful responses to all customers, whether they be students, general public or employees from another department;

Support for Diversity : Reflecting CBC's mission, vision and values, support initiatives that expand the human qualities that differentiate our workplace and educational setting; demonstrate and advocate an understanding of differences, open mindedness, compassion, sensitivity and interest in differing viewpoints given the diverse population and show a deep commitment to the involvement of colleagues, students and community members to student experience and success honoring freedom of expression as fundamental to personal, professional and organizational growth;

Accountability : Accountable for own actions, decisions, errors, mistakes and/or failures to act when appropriate; accept responsibility when given, understand what duties employee is responsible for and can be counted upon to carry out those responsibilities; and

Teamwork : Demonstrate a willingness to work with, and help others in completing job assignments, the ability to accept constructive criticism, and to cooperate with fellow employees and supervisors; demonstrate alignment with the 'Yes And' culture, (e.g., being present and listening, making each other look good, embracing change and failure and choosing positivity).


This is a twelve (12) month per year, full-time exempt position. The standard work hours will be Monday through Thursday 7:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and Friday 7:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.; however, work hours may vary due to work demands and some evening and weekend work may be required. This position is overtime exempt.


Prior to a new hire, a background check including criminal record history will be conducted. Information from the background check will not necessarily preclude employment but will be considered in determining the applicant's suitability and competence to perform in the position.


In the interest of providing a healthy, safe and secure educational and work environment, and in order to meet the requirements of federal legislation, it is the policy of Columbia Basin College to maintain an alcohol and drug-free workplace for our employees and students. This position is directly engages in the performance of work on a federal contract or grant which requires compliance with the College's Drug-Free Workplace Policy, as well as reporting requirements, as a condition of employment.

If you are hired, you will need to provide proof of identity and documentation of U.S. citizenship or appropriate authorization to work in this position as required by the Immigration Reform Control Act of 1986.

Columbia Basin College operates under an approved affirmative action plan and encourages applications from persons of color, women, veterans and persons of disability. The Human Resources Office is accessible to those with disabilities. If you need accommodation in application or employment, contact the Human Resources Office at (509) 542-4740.

Other Job Elements

The physical demands listed below represent those that must be met by an incumbent to successfully perform the essential functions of the job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with qualified disabilities to perform the essential functions.


While performing the duties of this position, the employee is frequently required to sit, stand, bend, kneel, stoop, communicate, reach and manipulate objects. The position requires mobility including the ability to move materials weighing up to 5 pounds on a regular basis such as files, books, office equipment, etc., and may infrequently require moving materials weighing up to 25 pounds. Manual dexterity and coordination are required over 50% of the work period while operating equipment such as computer keyboard, calculator, standard office equipment, and automobiles.

The work environment characteristics described below are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


Most of work period occurs under usual office working conditions where the noise level is typical of most office environments. Telephones, personal interruptions, and background noise are common. Some nights and weekends may be required.

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